2000 Holiday Bowl: Oregon 35, Texas 30
The 12th-ranked Longhorns got off to a slow start and found themselves in a 14-0 hole at the end of the first quarter. Oregon scored on its opening possession, capping an 80-yard, eight-play drive with a one-yard Joey Harrington touchdown pass to Justin Pelle.
After Texas fumbled on its own 18 three series later, the Ducks capitalized with a bit of trickery Ė Keenan Howry found Harrington with an 18-yard touchdown and Oregon had a two-touchdown lead.
The Longhorns rebounded with an explosive second quarter. Hodges Mitchell scored from three yards out to cap a 14-play, 76-yard drive that cut the score in half. On UTís next possession, Chris Simms called his own number and scored on a bruising four-yard run to end a six-play, 71-yard march that tied the game at 14.
Less than 30 seconds later, Texas went on top 21-14 when Greg Brown intercepted a Harrington pass and raced untouched 23 yards with 3:46 remaining in the half.
Oregon reclaimed the momentum on its first drive of the second half when Maurice Morris took a Harrington screen pass and galloped 55 yards to knot the game at 21.
It would be another 15 minutes before the scoreboard changed, and it changed in favor of Oregon. Harrington put the finishing touch on a nine-play, 90-yard drive when he scampered nine yards for the score and the Ducks led 28-21.
On the ensuing kickoff, Victor Ike evened the score at 28 when he broke one of the longest droughts in Texas and NCAA history. Ike raced 93 yards for the score, UTís first kickoff return for a score since 1978 (a span of 256 games).
But Oregon responded on its next drive, moving 68 yards in six plays and going on top when Jason Willis scored on a four-yard end around.
Despite losing Mitchell, a two-time All-Big 12 performer, to a devastating knee injury in the third quarter, the Longhorns did not go down without a fight. Simms drove the Longhorns 48 yards to the Oregon 22, but four straight incompletions ended the drive.
An Oregon fumble three plays later gave Texas a new life, but a Rashad Bauman interception at the Oregon 22 ended that possession.
Simms had one more shot after the Ducks took a safety with 21 seconds to play. The Longhorns would move to the Oregon 39, but a pair of incompletions, including a last-second Hail Mary in the end zone, ended the contest.
Simms finished with a career-high 17 completions on 33 attempts for 245 yards, while San Diego native Brandon Healy closed his UT career with five receptions for 98 yards.